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Comics Meet Journalism: The Illustrated Press

Comics Meet Journalism: The Illustrated Press
A few months ago I donated to an intriguing Kickstarter project, a comics journalism compilation by journalist/artist team Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez called The Illustrated Press. The book was successfully funded and is set for an August release. It will include heartfelt snapshots of Chicago like 2011’s “Wedlock: Love and Marriage in the Cook County Jail,” which follows the courthouse... 

The Young Historians: Jennifer Patiño

The Young Historians: Jennifer Patiño
The Young Historians is a series exploring the lives of recent art history graduates with ties to the Chicago area. In this fifth installment, I spoke with Jennifer Patiño, editor at SIFC and 2010 graduate of Columbia College’s Art History program. She is currently pursuing her masters in journalism at Columbia College. Zachary Johnson (ZJ):  To start off what was the topic of your senior thesis... 

Spotlight: The Chicago Photography Collective



Spotlight: The Chicago Photography Collective


Four people started meeting for lunch once a month, then something clicked, and a vision took shape. A deliberate community of visual artists was born. The Chicago Photography Collective has attracted more than 25 professional photographers to its membership. It serves as a support system, but it also wants to help foster an identity for photography in the city, member Damon Shell said. New York or... 

September Guide to Chicago Art

September Guide to Chicago Art
It’s natural to dread the end of summer, but fortunately September comes with a silver lining. Watermelon and potato salad are set aside for white wine (or PBR) and brie as the art world rolls us its sleeves and gets back to work. This September features dizzying array of art events, so we’ve put together our latest guide to help you make sense of the busy month. Click the image for a... 

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell

Sixty on Sixty: An Interview with Nicolette Caldwell
In between rounds of PBJ at The Boiler Room, I interviewed our very own Nicolette Caldwell, who co-founded Sixty Inches From Center with Tempestt Hazel. Sixty on Sixty is a new series in which SIFCers interview one another, allowing readers to get to know the fine folks who bring you the latest from Chicago’s art scene. Nicolette Caldwell in Paris, France. June 2007. (Image courtesy of Nicolette... 

I AM Logan Square: An Interview with Cara Dehnert Huffman

I AM Logan Square: An Interview with Cara Dehnert Huffman
Cara Dehnert Huffman has a vision: to “promote and increase awareness of the arts while enhancing cultural development in Chicago’s vibrant Logan Square neighborhood.”  Appointed Executive Director of I Am Logan Square at the beginning of December 2010, Cara has transformed the non-profit arts organization into a reflection of the community it supports – a thriving commitment to local artists... 
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